chef's school 101

Monday, March 1, 2010
A few months ago, I entered a contest on Cleveland Foodie's site and on Facebook and won three free Viking Cooking School classes courtesy of Heinen's. The BF and I have talked about signing up for a class or two because I've heard good things from friends. Plus, the BF thinks I can't cook (he can't either) so it was a win-for-win for both of us.

On Friday, we were present (slightly late) for our first workshop class called Date Night: In Sicily. The BF is half Italian and loves everything pasta, so I thought it was the perfect beginner class for both of us.



The menu consisted of roasted red pepper bruschetta, a grilled endive and radicchio salad, spaghetti alla Norma and mocha semifreddo.


Chefs Eva and Ron were there, walking the class of 12 through the whole process and we were paired up with another couple. Our meal turned out wonderful - it really did but I found ways to cut around some of the steps we had to do. For instance, I don't have a gas burner so I don't think I could roast a red pepper and I would also buy mozzarella versus doing the curd thing. Plus, we drank wine with our meal and I found my new favorite old vine zin blend by Brazin. Although, my group really thought we should be drinking wine throughout the meal and I continually asked Ron when he would be opening the bottles.

Next up are two more classes called French Bistro and Mexican Fiesta later this month. However, we might be adjusting one of these for a Chef's Table or another demonstration because the BF was jealous of the people sitting down and drinking, while we were learning all the techniques. I'm pretty sure the whole point of the class was to learn new dishes to cook and pick up a few techniques.

Have you tried formal cooking classes or an avid Food Network fan?

12 comments:

Lil' Woman said...

I've never tried the classes but I would def. be interested in it...I can't cook worth crap.

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

i would LOVE to do a cooking class - love.

kakaty said...

My husband got me the "Knife Skills" class for my birthday last year and I LOVED it! It changed my life...cooking is so much less work when you know how to properly chop things.

I would really like to take another class at Viking. They changed their format a bit; they used to have something like "Kitchen Skills" which taught basics like de-boning a chicken, carving, fileting fish and other things I have no clue about. I'm a decent cook, but have never learned these kinds of things.

Fizzgig said...

cooking is so tedius. i love the end result but the stuff in between, or even the shopping bothers me.

doing a class as a couple would be fun though!

rosemarie said...

my boyfriend and i did a cooking class at viking (it was my birthday present) and it was amazing. we cooked a few of the dishes at home afterwards as well. we always say we want to go back to do another one.

Christina K said...

Phil and I did a chef's table at Viking and loved it. There's only 8peeps in the class and you eat and drink the whole time AND have the oppportunity to get hands on...but only if you want. You guys would love it.

Katelin said...

oh that looks like so much fun. i've never done professional cooking classes but i think that might be matt's birthday present this year because it just looks like fun!

Bayjb said...

Wow that looks like a lot of fun. I'm going to a professional cooking class next week and can't wait.

steph anne said...

This looks like fun! I have never thought about taking cooking classes with my husband. Maybe we should for fun and to learn since I can't cook for shit (baking is not the same as cooking!)

Michelle said...

I have taken 7+ classes there and have loved them all! So fun, especially with a group. The one I really want to try is the knife skills one - I'm one cut away from losing a finger.

The Modern Gal said...

There was a Viking school in Nashville, but I never got around to taking a class. I wanted to so badly!

Valerie A. Heck said...

I've taken a thai explosion cooking class at the viking school and loved it! I tested out a few different cooking schools in the Cleveland/Akron area and by far viking was superior!